Dr. Akudo Anyanwu is an award-winning global health expert, public health innovator, and social entrepreneur with more than 17 years of experience in the field of international development. She currently serves as vice president of development at Texas Biomedical Research Institute and previously served as associate dean for development at Johns Hopkins University. She has served on the boards of Roll Back Malaria, the Global Health Council, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. She is also the founder of Friends Africa, a pan-African organization that fights AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria by mobilizing African businesses, governments, and nongovernmental organizations.
Anyanwu has received multiple awards and honors, including Tufts University’s Distinguished Service Award (2015), Harvard School of Public Health’s Innovator of the Year (2013), Ogunte’s Social Leader of the Year (2013), and the Stevie Innovator and Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2012). She holds a doctor of medicine from Tufts University, a master of public health from Harvard University’s School of Public Health, and a bachelor of science in molecular biology from Lehigh University.